Who is Derrick Bell . . .

10 Mar

. . . and why it is so important that you know what he stood for, believed in and taught at Harvard Law.

The Racist Ravings of Derrick Bell | FrontPage Magazine.

For those of you who have been paying enough attention to know that this man is connected to President Obama but not enough attention to know why this is so troubling, please read the article linked above.

Our media and the Republican candidates need to be pushed to ask Mr. Obama the following and hold him accountable for his answers:

  1. Mr. President, do you agree with and support Prof. Bell’s Critical Race Theory?
  2. If your answer to the previous is no, why did you embrace him so warmly at Harvard and then assign his writings more than any other author while you were teaching law at Chicago Law?
  3. Mr. President, do you disavow Prof. Bell and Critical Race Theory?

Mr. President, you have so splain’n to do!


Posted by on March 10, 2012 in Culture, Education, Politics


5 responses to “Who is Derrick Bell . . .

  1. danielwalldammit

    March 10, 2012 at 3:28 pm

    Sure, we can do this. And then we can vet Republican politicians for connections to the Nixon administration and its supporters. Any that have met with or befriended G. Gordon Liddy or Colonel North. Any that have hobnobbed with extremist such as Pat Robertson, Francis Schaeffer, or Jerry Falwell. Have any of these people spoken approvingly of Rush Limbaugh or any of the other right wing hacks in the public? Maybe they appeared on Fox News?

    Double standards abound!

    • rightwingarchitect

      March 10, 2012 at 3:41 pm

      Apples and oranges my friend. Nice attempt to misdirect though. The issue here is President Obama and his associations which were covered up by the Media and Academia prior to the 2008 election. We should all be concerned if the President of the United Sates holds racialist views, be they black or white. I don’t recall any of the people you mentioned as “right wing hacks” expounding anything similar to what Prof. Bell was pushing but from the “white” perspective. Enlighten me!

  2. danielwalldammit

    March 10, 2012 at 4:07 pm

    More like Green Apples and McIntoshes. Tayloring a criteria to the specific application at hand is an old trick. The point is that each of these people have done or maintained highly objectionable things. You don’t object to politicians associated with them, but you feign shock that a President would have ties with radical blacks.

    But let’s be clear, Deriick Bell spent his life fighting racism, actual racism. He did so by by actively campaigning against segregation. (Falwell defended it btw. Does that make every President who associated with him racialist?) That Bell’s views on race may be disagreeable to you is neither here nor there. The man actually did something about racism, which is more than your own camp has ever been willing to do.

    Spinning his work into a claim that Obama is racialist is shameless deceit.

    • rightwingarchitect

      March 10, 2012 at 4:46 pm

      Have you read anything about Prof. Bell’s Critical Race Theory? He held the position that it’s impossible for a black person in America to be a racist, regardless of their beliefs or activities, in fact lawlessness was okay because any law written under the US Constitution and form of government was inherently racist and could be ignored. I can only conclude that this is a racialist position. The question for the President and AG Holder for that matter is do they believe the same thing. It’s hard not to conclude that they do not based on their refusal to prosecute the Black Panther voter intimidation case in Philadelphia as just one example. As for your examples, if Falwell is all you’ve got, that’s pretty weak.

  3. danielwalldammit

    March 10, 2012 at 7:21 pm

    LOL, speaking of weak. By “hard not to conclude” you must of course mean “gives me an opportunity to stretch.” If you think Falwell is an outlier, then so be it. The bottom line is that those people don’t really shock you. Well Critical race theory doesn’t shock me either. Nor does a series of theoretical arguments with which I may disagree make a man who has dedicated his life to opposing actual racism in concrete terms the bigot you make him out to be. But if you want to trott out the actual quotes and discuss them in context,


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